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CLIP-ings July 12, 2013

Internet Governance
Piracy Policies: French ministry abandons its "three strikes and you're out" system for illegally downloading copyrighted materials and shifts to targeting those who profit commercially from piracy.
NSA Lawsuit: A federal district court rules that the state secret defense is unavailable to the Obama administration in a lawsuit concerning the siphoning of American data by the NSA.
Privacy
Paying the Piper: The telecommunications industry is charging the US government anywhere from $300–$750 a month for each wiretap.
Redaction Inaction: While uploading data concerning nonprofits, the IRS accidentally publishes thousands of social security numbers online.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Cybersecurity Partnership: The UK is partnering with nine tech companies, including Rolls–Royce and Lockheed Martin, to reduce cyber attacks.
Cybercrime Sentencing: The European Union issued a draft directive proposing stricter penalties for cybercriminals, including mandatory prison sentences.
Intellectual Property
Apple v. Samsung Redux: Samsung seeks retrial based upon allegations that Apple narrowed the scope of its "rubber–band" patent.
Free Expression & Censorship
Controlling Narrative: To control the dissemination of information following the ouster of President Morsi, the Egyptian military selected certain television stations to shut down.
Practice Notes
Email Auto–forwarding: Although convenient, email forwarded from a corporate network email system to a consumer webmail service may pose a serious risk to confidential information and intellectual property.
On the Lighter Side
It's, Like, a Box? Just what everyone needs! A real–time physical Facebook "like" counter is now available for $390.